The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) was established in 2012 by the IBAC Act 2011 (“IBAC Act”). The IBAC consists of one Commissioner to which IBAC may delegate any function or power of IBAC. IBAC must also appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who is the Special Body Head of IBAC under the Public Administration Act 2004 (“PA Act”). Hence there are two key roles responsible for the internal governance of IBAC – the Commissioner and the CEO.
Governance refers to the ways in which the IBAC is directed, controlled and held to account, and includes internal and external aspects. External governance includes the roles, relationships and distribution of powers, accountabilities and responsibilities between Parliament, the Integrity and Oversight Committee, the Victorian Inspectorate, the Attorney-General, the Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Victorian public sector. Internal governance includes IBAC’s internal accountability structures (organisational structure and committees), outcomes, delegations and authorisations, policies and procedures, risk management, planning and performance management, compliance management, culture (leadership and behaviours) and assurance mechanisms.